What HAVE Google done to their image search?

August 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm (internet) (, )

I’ve regularly used the Google image search – simple, quick, find the pictures you want.  But recently, they changed the interface, and boy is it annoying.

Now, you get expanding images when you move the mouse around the screen, constantly distracting your eye as you scan over the pictures for what you want.  When you click on ‘more results’ it seems to jump to random page numbers.  Once you reach the bottom of the page there isn’t an obvious ‘next page’ link.  And it is so slow to load!

Thankfully there is a release – at the bottom there is a ‘switch to basic version’ link (read, switch to the working version).   However, there doesn’t seem to be a way to make this the default choice.

The cynic in my wonders if this might be a new policy of Google: start releasing really irritating user interfaces that people will have just to login to iGoogle or their Google account to change to a usable version … I can’t think of any other reason why anyone would consider this an improvement.  It is so anti-Google – their user interface is usually so slick and clean.  This is just so clunky.  An odd choice.

Kevin.

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